Zippered Bag

This past year and already into the new year I have been busy teaching French Boutis classes and designing new patterns. I also have done several quilt trunk shows for quilt groups.

After many months my new French Boutis Zippered Bag pattern is published on Etsy as a complete kit and as a PDF downloadable pattern. The small bag when completed measures about 5 x 7.5 inches. It has a 12 inch zipper and is lined with beautiful fabric.

Once again French Boutis is an ancient art. Simply done, two pieces of special fabric are sewn together with a small running stitch (quilting stitch) on drawn pattern lines. Then a double strand of Boutis yarn is drawn through the channels from the reverse side giving the piece a raised relief. (Similar to trapunto but has no batting.) Traditional Boutis is done on white batiste fabric. However, I have fallen in love with the Provencal bright colors. Hence my colorful kits.



Luscious Provencal colors are available with the kit including beautiful lining fabrics. The fabric is 100% pima cotton and the linings are carefully chosen 100% cotton quilting fabrics.

For those not interested in a kit, the pattern and instructions are available in PDF downloadable form. However, the pattern must be enlarged 129% from 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper to 11 x 17 inch paper. It was reduced for ease in printing. A full size pattern is included in the kit.


Alas there has not been much time left for my other interests such as stitching. I hope this year allows more time and better health!

Please visit me on Etsy or Instagram at “Averyclaire222“.

Amities, Averyclaire


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barb Carey
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 10:41:03

    You do such beautiful work, nice that you can share it with people.


  2. Jessica Grimm
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 13:00:15

    So pretty Karen! I’ve pointed some visitors of Aiguille en Fete to your website as they had fallen in love with the Boutis on display there.


  3. Elizabeth Janzen
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 13:03:07

    That’s beautiful Karen. The design is lovely and as always, your finishes are perfect. I love how you have coordinated your solids with the lining. Very tempting!


  4. Nanouanne
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 13:41:20

    This is a high quality offer. So French boutis, very interesting pouch design and very nice choice of fabrics. I love this pouch I have patched ans sewn so many times. No doubt this ones will be a success.
    congratulations Karen for your work.


  5. Carol
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 14:09:09

    How lovely your work is, Karen! Truly little works of art. I do hope 2018 sees more time for stitching and brings you healthier days, too 🙂 Hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day!


  6. Margaret Chess
    Feb 17, 2018 @ 07:39:41

    I saw this on instagram. it’s so beautiful! Your description of the technique makes it sound doable. But sewing the bag together? lolol! Anyway, gorgeous design!


  7. sheryl
    Feb 28, 2018 @ 11:54:26

    Beautiful work Karen, these designs are so pretty and the fabrics just perfect, what a delight to see this technique.


  8. Brigitte
    Mar 02, 2018 @ 05:37:21

    So beautiful, these zippered bags.


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